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Sony DSC-QX30 Digital Camera

£259.99
SLR 20.4MP CMOS Sep 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Full HD Video Release Date
One industry award
A bit expensive
Relies on smart device battery life
28 Reviews + 1 Award
chip.com.my Outstanding
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A Bit Expensive

Two people reckoned that the product was not good value for money. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It's not cheap”.


Reviews

One Industry Award

The writer at one expert review site said that this Sony digital camera was good. This Sony camera received an "Outstanding" award from Chip.com.my.

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Sony camera is 71 out of 100 based on seven expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, DSC-QX30 owners rated this camera as marvellous. 9 reviewers gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. This Sony camera in the top 17% of all the comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago when ranked by user rating.

Good Brand

We checked 23,045 expert and owner reviews (including 7,132 verified purchases) for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Power

Relies On Smart Device Battery Life

Two customers concluded that it did not have a good battery life. Ephotozine mentioned “Relies on smart device battery life”.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person who purchased the product considered that it was noisy.


Design

Good Product Quality

Four people wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-QX30 was good quality. Pocket-Lint.com wrote on expert review site Pocket Lint “The idea is to give you a high quality sensor with prope”. Amazon Customer said “What i really wanted this for was the zoom to get better quality wildlife and country pics” in their review of the Sony DSC-QX30. Adbona wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “The zoom is amazing and the picture quality is great”.

Nice Design

One customer who bought the Sony DSC-QX30 thought it was good looking. Hsn1989 mentioned “Works as charms very beautiful images compared to smarphones camera” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use With App

Four people who purchased it said that it was easy to use. Ephotozine said “Easy to use with app”. Adbona mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Fast and slow shutter speeds make it fun to use” . Katia wrote two years ago “Fast and easy to use!” in her review of this digital camera.

Robust

One person considered that the product was well made. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “A built in screen” in their review of this digital camera and scored the Sony DSC-QX30 6 stars.


Support

Good Support

One person said in their reviews that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Diego wrote on Bestbuy.com “Would love to have more manual control of it as far as focus goes”.


Features

Good Technical Features

One owner who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had good features. Baitman said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “He loves it, always discovering new and interesting features”.


Aufnahmen Bis ISO 800

Ten people who purchased it considered that it was able to produce good images. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ said in their review of the Sony DSC-QX30 three years ago “The QX cameras continue to be an intriguing prospect that produce excellent images.” and gave it a rating of 8 stars. Steves-Digicams.com wrote “The press photographs says "Exmor R" implying this is a 10.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor capable of recording Full HD 1080/60p videos”. Amazon Customer said on Amazon in April last year “Been out on lots of walks in the countryside and this lense is fantastic with excellent images in all conditions with little or no noise on any photos.”.

One customer who purchased it wrote that it had a good ISO range. Ephotozine mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Aufnahmen bis ISO 800”. One owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good image sensor.

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good in low light. Katia scored it 7 stars and she mentioned “The pictures are good even at low light” in her review of this digital camera.

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Doesn't Add a Flash, for That You Need the Q 1

One person said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-QX30 did not have a good flash. Ephotozine said in their review of this digital camera “Doesn't add a flash, for that you need the Q 1”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One person wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good screen.

Good Video Capture

One customer who purchased it considered that it was good for video recording.

30x Optical Zoom

Seven people who bought this digital camera concluded that it had a good zoom. Ephotozine wrote in their review of this digital camera “30x optical zoom”. Ephotozine also mentioned “Long reach with zoom” in their review.

Three people who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good lens. Expert review site Techradar.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-QX30 “It looks like a giant add-on lens for your smartphone.”. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned two years ago “The Sony Cyber-shot QX30 is one of Sony's "Smart Lens" cameras, designed to be used with a smartphone”. Bryandd wrote also two years ago “Fantastic lens/camera and a great addition to my iPhone”.

One person thought it had a good image stabiliser. Ephotozine mentioned “Optical Image Stabilisation” but even so they only scored it 17.6 out of 100. One customer considered that it had a good autofocus. Two years ago Katia scored the product 7 stars and she mentioned on Amazon “The focus is fast” in her review of this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two customers who bought the Sony DSC-QX30 reckoned that it was easy to carry around. Moretti mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Easy to carry on and gives you more flexibility”. Moretti also mentioned “It's an excellent solution in case you need a good camera that t's easy to carry and with a very good zoom” in their review.

Two owners who purchased it considered that it was compact. Photographyblog.com rated it 6 stars and mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “The Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 is another camera from Sony which fits into the “lens camera” category of the company's compact camera line-up”.

One owner mentioned that the product was heavy and bulky. Chip.com.my said two years ago “What if you do not want to lug around your heavy DSLR, or compacts are just not” and scored the product 5 stars.

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Average Weight

The DSC-QX30 has a fairly standard weight (178 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Canon EOS 100D - Rebel SL1 (£289) (407g).

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was April 2017 when this camera was released.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSC-QX30 supports video recording, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-QX30 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

Alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-WX500 (£269).

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Canon EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Lens System

Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of high megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera range from 0.34x to 65x, and the average optical zoom is 16x. With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the DSC-QX30 has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

Other 30x optical zoom cameras currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX60V (£198.99), or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (£219).

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Smart TV

Fi Connectivity

Two customers who reviewed it thought it was good in terms of connectivity. Ephotozine wrote “NFC and WiFi connectivity” in their review of this digital camera however they only rated the Sony DSC-QX30 17.6 out of 100.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The DSC-QX30 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available including the DSC-WX500 (£269), or the DSC-HX90 (£298.99) both from Sony or the Panasonic DMC-TZ60 (£219) which has better reviews.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The DSC-QX30 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-QX30 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the DSC-WX500 (£269), and the DSC-HX90 (£298.99) both from Sony is also worth considering.

There are a number of other cameras which also have an image stabilizer that you might also want to consider including the Canon EOS 600D - Rebel T3i (£267.99).

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-QX30 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 384 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this spec and age. Across all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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5184 X 3888 Pixels Image Resolution

The DSC-QX30 has a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to it have a 5472 x 3648 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all digital cameras that came out more than two years ago ranges from 4608 x 3456 pixels (worst) to 7360 x 4912 pixels (best).

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have an HDMI

The Sony DSC-QX30 does not have an HDMI, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Battery

Only 200 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the DSC-QX30 which takes 200 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Only Supports Two ISO Sensitivities

The Sony DSC-QX30 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 100, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivities 80 and 12800 are also supported by this digital camera.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00795871621958, 04905524989144

Sony DSC-QX30 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony DSC-QX30 review we compared this digital camera to 1,214 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 298,600 product attributes, 169,860 digital camera reviews and 2,794,400 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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